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Aug 11, 2011 12:28 am
The State of Education in Hudson
Carole Osterink in The Gossips of Rivertown breaks down standardized test scores for the Hudson City School District, and finds them, "mediocre at best." She sums up another story:
Think about the lackluster performance of HCSD students when you read Audra Jornov's report in the Register-Star on the continuing stalemate with the Hudson Teachers' Association: "HCSD board: Speed up talks." The teachers' contract expired on June 30, and the teachers' union has not agreed to schedule a meeting to resume contract talks until October 12. In May, the HTA rejected a salary freeze that could have saved five or six teaching positions. In a report released in June by the Albany Business Review, HCSD ranked 10th highest in teacher pay among the 93 school districts included in the study, with a median salary of $60,997.
Read the full post at The Gossips of Rivertown.

Catskill to teach Mandarin Chinese
Jim Planck reports in The Daily Mail that Catskill High School will soon offer Mandarin Chinese language instruction. “Catskill has been invited to participate in a New York State initiative to bring native speakers to New York to teach high school students Mandarin,” Catskill Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Farrell said to The Daily Mail, “and to introduce the language to middle and elementary school students.... The State Education Department will accredit Chinese teachers so high school students will earn course credit, and may use Mandarin to meet foreign language requirements for graduation.” Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Riverkeeper warns of sewage pollution, swimming risks in the Hudson
The Daily Freeman reports that environmental group Riverkeeper says that swimming in the Hudson River is unsafe 21 percent of the time because of pollution from sewage, and the section of the river between Catskill and Bear Mountain was cited as particularly problematic. Riverkeeper released a report based on water samples from the Hudson River. The report said that most of the time the river is relatively clean. “That would certainly not have been the case a few years ago,” said Andrew Jule of Columbia University, one of two scientists who took part in the study. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.

Cuomo talks to reporters
Governor Cuomo spoke to reporters Wed., Aug. 10 in this video, courtesy of Kyle Hughes at NYSNYS.com, about proposed Port Authority toll hikes, and the CSEA contract vote, and other issues.
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